[CF Devotionals] 2020-01-08 - Rejoice

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The fourth day following the celebration of Christmas is the day we celebrate our adopted pup’s birthday. She turned four this year. As my husband gave her a rawhide chew roll of medium size, she showed how she rejoices two-fold - her tail of more than a foot long with the very tip of it gently flickering like the flame of a candle. It was as if she were saving the strength, which has accidentally cleared off tables and banged on walls with strength clearly capable of puncturing holes, should she have clear intent, for the enjoyment of sinking her teeth into her birthday present. This was her way of rejoicing over her gift - humble acknowledgement followed by acceptance. I truly wish, sometimes, that I could channel Melody’s manner of rejoicing with impeccable humility and purposeful use of energy.

Do you rejoice over the gifts God has given you? Do you show others the humility that reminds God you appreciate the part he has given you in his plan? Do you purposefully use the energy he gives you for his glory? Can others tell there is something unique about you that goes beyond the here and now? Melody shows me how to be gentle, although she has amazing physical strength. Strength can be shown in many ways such as humility, which gives others proof we are trying to reach them and not just cower over them with a sanctimonious display. Part of our acceptance and desire of doing God’s will is showing that humble gentleness to all, because when the Lord is in our hearts, he will know if we are truly grateful. Not only is he returning soon, but he knows what is in our hearts now. Rejoice. Help others rejoice.

Psalm 5:155 (KJV) But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee

Psalm 31:6-8 (KJV) I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the Lord. I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities; And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.

“Your hands made me and formed me;

give me understanding to learn your commands
May those who fear you rejoice when they see me,

for I have put my hope in your word.
I know, Lord, that your laws are righteous,
and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.” (Psalm 119:73-75 NIV)

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” (Philippians 4:4 NIV)

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